Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Golf 1998

1.6 GLX , 5 door hatch

Test Date: May 1998

Volkswagen Golf crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
10 (63.0%)
15 (83.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 2 Stars
Pedestrian-test score 17 (47.0%)

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The Volkswagen Golf's structure performed well in frontal- and side-impact tests. One of the child restraints tested was based on a new system (ISOFIX) but installation in the car was problematic. VW has told Euro NCAP that all problems have been resolved and ECE approval should be granted on May 20. Pedestrian protection, though, was rather unbalanced - it was above average for the head test sites but needed attention for the upper and lower legs or bonnet leading edge and bumper.

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Adequate Driver left femur - Adequate
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Marginal
Driver right foot - Weak Driver left foot - Weak
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Marginal
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Adequate
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

The rating applies only to cars with side impact airbags which have been fitted as standard from 21 May 1998.